The ex-United and Wolves midfielder Paul Ince thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed to complete a transfer on Molineux, not snap up a couple of forwards in their 30s.
Over the summer transfer window Manchester United made a mistake in snapping up Edinson Cavani and should have been investing £40 million ($52m) in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, says Paul Ince.
To find a spark across the field in 2020-21, the Red Devils have been struggling.
In a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, their deficiencies were exposed again with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side mustering just two shots on target.
Anthony Martial was asked to lead the line in that contest, with Cavani being introduced off the bench.
With United finding out the hard way that they lack the attacking firepower and defensive solidity to perform on a consistent basis, Nigerian frontman Odion Ighalo was an unused substitute.
Ince believes part of that problem could have been solved with better recruitment in the last window, with Solskjaer left scratching around for striking reinforcements on deadline day.
The former Red Devils midfielder, who also represented Wolves in his playing days, told Ladbrokes: “There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team. You look at Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez for example.”
“Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about? Go and spend £40 million on Jimenez. He’s a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.”
“You’ve got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think ‘what are they looking at?’ There’s a lot of good players out there, top, top players. Go and get these players. But they haven’t.”
“If you’re going to spend the money, put them in the team. I’m not having this ‘you’ve got to give them time’ – you’ve got to put them in straight away if you’re going to spend that money. Why would you spend £40m on a player who you’re going to just stick on the bench?”
“Solskjaer will have wanted these players. As recruitment goes, he will have had a list of players and number one targets, number two targets, if you can’t get number one then go for number two, and so on.”